The story of Honey and Baghira

Sometimes there are pets that just pass by, stay with you for a while, and leave you soon. On the one hand this is sad, on the other hand it seems someone has sent them to you to get over your problems at a certain time.

This is what is was like with Honey. After I had to let my cat Lucy go after about 10 years we spent together, and while I was really stressed with my job, I was more than unbalanced and unhappy. Many collegues and friends suggested to look for a new cat. Well, you can always take a look  … Actually I realized I wanted two cats, a couple. After all, two cats can keep each other perfect company.

These days you can easily find cats on the internet, so I looked some couples out, and also I visited. But I was not really enthusiastic about any of them – until I found two charming cats on the website of a Lower Rhine animal protection association. At my call, the contact person said “two years nobody is interested in these two, and now you are the third caller in two weeks”. Well that was it. But, “I heard of another cat couple this morning, an emergency, I do not know exactly, but I will inquire and call you back”.

A week later  I sat on a sofa, with biscuits and coffee and with Honey and Baghira, 60 km from Dusseldorf. So, the two of course not on the sofa. They were busy showing off – one can hardly say otherwise. Both slightly overweight, but incredibly lovely. Purrs and cuddles were already for free at the first visit. But of course, the animal protection had a say, and also I did not want to rush, so I went back without the two.

Another week later the two of them moved in with me. Complete with scratching post and transport boxes. Although they initially did not seem unhappy to give up their homes, the first hours were pure horror! Honey ran screeching through the apartment, looking for the exit. Baghira always behind. At some point they calmed down.

That was early December. It took a maximum of three days, then they had taken over the apartment. But I was allowed to stay, so I counted myself lucky. But only under the condition of regularly opening the cans and filling them in the bowls. Lucky me!

Christmas and New Year we already celebrated together. So cool, Honey enjoyed the view during the fireworks. Also taking the guest’s homage, smiling condescendingly .

In March I felt that she was breathing heavily. So I bought two new transport boxes, and we already practiced the visit to the veterinarian:

The vet very quickly found a massive heart problem. We also went to the animal clinic in Duisburg, where another vet only seconds after using the ultrasound set up, exclaimed that this is a very bad heart indeed! In the end, I thought she deserved a chance. And with a variety of medicines, for heart and kidneys, against water and blood pressure, we still had wonderful three months. I celebrated when I discovered Honey one night on the scratching post. She had climbed up all the way! She also enjoyed her little treats, and occasionally started a quarrel with her sister. Everything so normal, so lovely.

Around this time I was offered a new chance in a new job, briefly considered, perhaps doubted for a bit, but nothing ventured nothing gained. For me this was the end to a period of constant tension, mental, emotional stress, which seems extremely exhausting in retrospect.

And then Honey: Suddenly it was over very quickly. Shortly after changing jobs I came home and she breathed very hard. Outside on the balcony it was better, but it got worse again overnight, and the next morning I had to let her go.

She was a very sovereign, balanced, happy cat. She gave me peace and serenity. She listened to me, never gave me an argument, and was tirelessly willing to let herself be stroked.

 

And now we are alone, Baghira and I. The two were never really pals, they ignored each other at the best of times, but I am sure Baghira is missing her sister very much. In the meantime, however, she lives up, gets all the attention all by herself and all the treats.

Have a good trip, Honey.

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